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The Top 5 Schools in the ACC

The Top 5 Schools in the ACC

2. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant research university with its main campus in Blacksburg, Virginia. National Rankings by “Money Magazine”: #18 “Overall”, #9 “Best Public Colleges”, #2 “Best Colleges You Can Actually Get Into”. “U.S. News and World Report”: #21 Engineering programs”, #24 “Public Affairs programs”, #78 “School of Education program” and finally “Princeton Review”: #1 “Best Quality of Life”, #7 “Happiest Students”.

Virginia Tech offers more than 250 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to a student body of 32,663. Virginia Tech states: “The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally and across Virginia.”(vt.edu) The in-state tuition and fees are $12,852. and out-state tuition is $29,371., with room and board at $8,424.for both. Thirty-nine percent of all full-time undergraduate students receive some kind of need-based financial aid, and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6809.  The average student debt upon graduation is $32,356 and the average starting salary is $46,000. The percentage of acceptance is 73%.

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At Virginia Tech the student to faculty ratio is 14:1 and 27% of its classes have fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors are: Engineering, Business, Marketing and Related Support Services, Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences/Human Services, Biological and Biomedical Sciences and Social Sciences. You have the following colleges to choose from in declaring your major: College of Engineering, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cooperative Extension, College of Agriculture and Urban Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Human Services, Pamplin College of Business, College of Veterinary Sciences, College of Administration and Policy, Natural Resources and Environment, School of Public and School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, and International Affairs, Center For Public Administration and Policy, College of Science, School of Biomedical and Engineering Sciences and Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute.

The average freshman retention rate is 95%. Can you find a more beautiful spot than Blacksburg? Blacksburg is located between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Alleghany mountains on 12,000 acres. The small town setting has everything a student could want or need. Blacksburg is constantly ranked among the best places to live in the U.S.

If you venture downtown from campus, you will fine great restaurants, unique stores, art galleries and very welcoming people. Does the great outdoors call to you?  Then you have found a wonderful spot in Blacksburg. You are close to the Appalachian Trail and the Washington-Jefferson National Forest with many opportunities for biking, running, hiking, whitewater rafting, and climbing. When you need to get around in Blacksburg and to get to the football and basketball games, there is a town-wide public transportation and a game day shuttle.

There a number of resident halls housing undergraduate and graduate students.
All freshman are required to live on campus. Students take advantage of the opportunity to participate in club sports or intramural sports. There are 30 different club sports for women and men, and they range from cycling, clay target, water polo, to roller hockey and so many more. I

Excellent fitness facilities sit at the heart of the campus, giving everyone an opportunity to work out, if they so desire. There are fraternities and sororities that you can join and be actively involved on and off campus. The University boasts all kinds of clubs and organizations that are a major part of campus life.

Virginia Tech Hokies are an athletic powerhouse in Division I of the ACC. Supporting the Hokies adds a camaraderie amongst students and adds to the vital campus life at this exceptional school of higher learning.


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